MFF 2014-2020 and Rethinking Education at the EP October 2nd plenary session
The Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) saga could come to an end at the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 21-24 October. On 8 October a Contact Group headed by President Schultz debriefed on the state of negotiations. Cohesion policy (i.e. macroeconomic conditionalities) and 2013 EU budget remain the main obstacles to solve for the Parliament as sine qua none conditions for the MFF to be examined in plenary session on 23 October. If Member States accept EP conditions in the ECOFIN Council of 15 October, there are good chances that the interinstitutional negotiations finally come to an end this month; then programmes such as Erasmus+ can finally be adopted. See the full report of on-going discussions of Mr Lamassoure in the Committee of Budgets on 9 October. To be noted: the EP report on the Commission’s Communication on “Rethinking Education” will also be adopted in Strasbourg next week (see agenda).